ASIS&T Career Profile
Name:  Victor Rosenberg
Job Title:  Associate Professor, School of Information, The University of Michigan
 
Brief Career Biography: 
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Michigan, I was a Professor of Library Science at the University of California at Berkeley. I received my Ph.D. in Library Science from the University of Chicago, a Master's degree in Information Science and a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lehigh University. I was on leave (1998-1999) to the United States Department of Commerce, Office of Technology Administration in Washington, DC. My work was sponsored by a fellowship from the Computing Research Association. I was the founder and CEO of Personal Bibliographic Software, Inc., the developer of ProCite and BiblioLink software products. In June, 1996 the company was sold to the Institute for Scientific Information, a subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation. ProCite and BiblioLink are now being developed, supported, and sold by ISI Researchsoft of Berkeley and Carlsbad, California. My interests include electronic commerce, information retrieval, information policy, technology in the humanities, Brazil, and entrepreneurship. My current work is in developing games to teach online searching.
 
Benefits of ASIS&T: 
I have been a member of ASIS&T since 1963 when I was a student in the Information Science program at Lehigh University. ASIS&T has been my primary networking venue. Long before the Internet, the Society meetings were the main way that research information was exchanged and personal contacts were made. I published my major research in Society publications and my active participation in Society activities helped me to secure employment, and later to cultivate customers for my business.
 
Advice for New Information Professionals: 
As library science has morphed into information science, ASIS&T is still the major organization for information professionals working in any aspect of the industry from universities to libraries to information-centered companies. I have been a professor and an entrepreneur. My professional society has been important in both contexts. I always advise young people entering the field to consistently keep networking. When the time comes to change careers, everything is in place.